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What Is OWAAT - One Woman At A Time - Cyprus?

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OWAAT means Cyprus has “Zero Tolerance” of Abuse Against Women.

❋ OWAAT goals are aimed at empowering all abused women to prevent their violence by protecting their life and privacy. OWAAT objectives guide women how to place the law in their hands, become self-represented litigants, and obtain access to court for no contact civil protections against their abuser.

❋ OWAAT encourages Cyprus courts to support OWAAT goals and objectives by adopting web-based “Self-help Forms” and instructions for self-represented litigants to print off, fill-in-the-blanks, e-sign and e-file in any Cyprus court with proper jurisdiction to grant civil equitable remedies, and as justice so requires.

❋ OWAAT provides court web-links as model, modern court web-based management systems. Many EU Member-state courts and all U.S. courts websites share Self-Help forms and related links to court provided civil protection complaint and instructions to assist self-represented litigants.

❋ OWAAT operated Complaint Clinics at the local level. Village of Kokkinotrimithia and Sisters of St. Joseph’s Convent, Old City, Nicosia, opened OWAAT Complaint Centers in October 2014. Community volunteers pool resources for their local OWAAT Complaint Center. Business leaders and professionals offer valuable time, expertise and specialized skills. Municipalities and nonprofits donate facilities and computer technology. Growing networks of OWAAT volunteers sustain Complaint Centers for abused women in their communities to learn how to assert their fundamental human rights in court, in their own voice.

❋ OWAAT IS A Sustainable Community-Court Collaboration

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What Is OWAAT - One Woman At A Time - Cyprus?

  1. 1. What is ONE WOMAN AT A TIME (OWAAT) Cyprus? FUNDED BY A U.S. FULBRIGHT* SCHOLARSHIP GRANT 2014-2015 CYPRUS IMPLEMENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH UNIVERSITY OF NICOSIA* LAW CLINIC PROGRAMME * One Woman At A Time (OWAAT) and the creators of this website acknowledge that theirs is not an official Department of State website or blog, or an official University of Nicosia website or blog, and that the views and information presented are their own and do not represent the Fulbright Program, CIES or the U.S. Department of State, or the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.
  2. 2. DID YOU KNOW . . . YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF CYPRUS AND EU MEMBER-STATE CITIZEN ENTITLED TO MANY HUMAN RIGHTS. • Cyprus is a Council of Europe member • Cyprus secures and ensures your human rights and freedoms protected under the European Convention on Human Rights.
  3. 3. DID YOU KNOW . . . EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS • Supranational or international court established by the European Convention on Human Rights • Ensure Council of Europe member states do not violate its citizen’s human rights and freedoms, such as . . .
  4. 4. YOUR PROTECTED HUMAN RIGHTS • Right to access court. • Right to self-representation in court. • Right to life. • Right to privacy.
  5. 5. • Right to equality of your rights in marriage. • Right to found a family. • Freedom of association, to choose your association with private persons. YOUR PROTECTED HUMAN RIGHTS
  6. 6. DID YOU KNOW . . . “VIOLENCE” IS NOT NECESSARY FOR COURTS TO FIND “VIOLATION” OF YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS. • Unwanted contact, for example, does not necessarily involve violence, yet may violate your human rights.
  7. 7. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN . . . • Access court yourself. • Self-Help to file a civil action. Lawyers are not necessary for courts to ensure your human rights are secured to prevent human rights violations.
  8. 8. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN . . . • ASSERT UNWANTED CONTACT VIOLATES YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS. • Unwanted contact is not a protected human right.
  9. 9. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN . . . • Prevent unwanted contact that has or is likely to harass, intimidate or threaten you at home, work, on the phone, via text or internet.
  10. 10. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN . . . Prevent unwanted contact from anyone, including • your husband • intimate partner • parent of your children • family members
  11. 11. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN. . . • Protect yourself from threat of unwanted contact • File your own complaint • Request a civil protection court order.
  12. 12. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN . . . PREVENT VIOLATIONS OF YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS WITHOUT • Police report • Hospital/medical record • Attorney
  13. 13. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN . . . DO-IT-YOURSELF • JOIN THOUSANDS OF EU MEMBER STATE CITIZENS SELF- REPRESENTED LITIGANTS • “SELF-HELP” • GAIN ACCESS COURT • FILE COURT APPLICATION FOR IMMEDIATE NO CONTACT ORDER • PREVENT UNWANTED CONTACT IN VIOLATION OF YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS
  14. 14. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN . . . • ACCEPT NO LESS THAN “ZERO TOLERANCE” OF UNWANTED CONTACT FROM ANYONE • BE A SELF-REPRESENTED LITIGANT • FILE BY HAND YOUR OWN CIVIL PROTECTION COMPLAINT • READ IN COURT UNDER OATH YOUR OWN REQUEST FOR IMMEDIATE COURT ORDER PROTECTION • PLACE THE LAW IN YOUR HANDS
  15. 15. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN BE . . . ONE WOMAN AT A TIME
  16. 16. • ATTEND FREE OWAAT COMPLAINT CENTERS • LEARN YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS; • OBTAIN FREE GUIDANCE ABOUT SELF-HELP ACCESS TO COURT; • PLACE THE LAW IN YOUR HANDS TO PREVENT UNWANTED CONTACT DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN . . .
  17. 17. READ………...... ABOUT YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS LEARN………… HOW TO SELF-HELP FOR YOUR HUMAN RIGHT PROTECTIONS IN COURT LOCATE………. OWAAT COMPLAINT CENTER NEAR YOU DOWNLOAD…. FREE FILL-IN-THE-BLANK COMPLAINT FORMS DISCOVER……. OWAAT SPONSORS, COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS VOLUNTEERS DONATE…….... OWAAT UNIC LAW CLINIC PROGRAMME SUPPORT……... OTHER OWAAT / NGO COLLABORATIONS One Woman At A Time - CYPRUS www.owaat-cy.com

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